Koloa is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Hawaii. With a population of 2,231 people and just one neighborhood, Koloa is the 50th largest community in Hawaii.
Koloa home prices are not only among the most expensive in Hawaii, but Koloa real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Unlike some towns, Koloa isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Koloa are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Koloa is a town of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Koloa who work in food service (14.91%), maintenance occupations (11.02%), and management occupations (8.33%).
Koloa is home to a number of people employed in the armed forces. When you visit or walk around Koloa, some of the people you will bump into will be military people In and out of uniform, jogging, shopping and generally out and about town.
Of important note, Koloa is also a town of artists. Koloa has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Koloa’s character.
One of the nice things about Koloa is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
The citizens of Koloa are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 23.31% of adults in Koloa having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Koloa in 2018 was $29,100, which is lower middle income relative to Hawaii, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $116,400 for a family of four. However, Koloa contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Koloa is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Koloa home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Koloa residents report their race to be Asian, followed by White. Koloa also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 13.54% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Koloa include Portuguese, Irish, German, English, and French Canadian.
The most common language spoken in Koloa is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Spanish.
The way a neighborhood looks and feels when you walk or drive around it, from its setting, its buildings, and its flavor, can make all the difference. This neighborhood has some really cool things about the way it looks and feels as revealed by NeighborhoodScout's exclusive research. This might include anything from the housing stock to the types of households living here to how people get around.
is a neighborhood that is on the ocean, a bay, or inlet. Many times, such places have amenities that bring locals and visitors to the waterfront for recreational activities or to check out the scenery. In some densely populated areas that are less financially well-off, the neighborhood waterfront can be relatively industrial and less open to recreation. In addition to being coastal, is a very nautical neighborhood, meaning that it is somewhat historic, walkable, densely populated and on the water. This gives the neighborhood a very nautical feel, with some seaside and shipping feel, which some may really enjoy the sights and sounds of.
In addition, despite all of the residential real estate here in the neighborhood, NeighborhoodScout has discovered that much of it is vacant. In resort or second-home vacation areas, this naturally occurs because homes and apartments are seasonally occupied, and empty for a portion of the year. In non-vacation or resort areas, however, this can be an indicator of property abandonment or a weak real estate market. The vacancy rate here is 52.7%, which is higher than 98.8% of all U.S. neighborhoods.
The neighborhood stands out nationally for having a greater proportion of its residents active in the military than 98.4% of other U.S. neighborhoods. If you come here, you will notice military people active in their jobs, going to and from work, and in plain clothes out and about the neighborhood.
Furthermore, from major sales accounts to fast-food workers, sales and service employees are often the backbone of the local economy. In the neighborhood, they truly stand out. NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis identifies this neighborhood as having a higher percentage of sales and service workers than 97.3% of all American neighborhoods.
If you're nearing retirement age, or in retirement, the is an excellent choice for you to consider for top-quality retirement living. This neighborhood is rated by NeighborhoodScout as among the top 7.8% of retiree-friendly neighborhoods in Hawaii, combining peace and quiet, safety from crime, and offering diverse housing options from which retirees can choose. Maybe it's because of these amenities that a large proportion of the residents here are college educated seniors, mixed with other age groups. For these and other reasons, NeighborhoodScout identifies this neighborhood as a top-notch place to consider if you are thinking of or planning to retire in Hawaii.
Did you know that the neighborhood has more Portuguese and Lebanese ancestry people living in it than nearly any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 11.7% of this neighborhood's residents have Portuguese ancestry and 0.9% have Lebanese ancestry.
is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 1.6% of its residents five years old and above primarily speak Japanese at home. While this may seem like a small percentage, it is higher than 98.5% of the neighborhoods in America.
There are two complementary measures for understanding the income of a neighborhood's residents: the average and the extremes. While a neighborhood may be relatively wealthy overall, it is equally important to understand the rate of people - particularly children - who are living at or below the federal poverty line, which is extremely low income. Some neighborhoods with a lower average income may actually have a lower childhood poverty rate than another with a higher average income, and this helps us understand the conditions and character of a neighborhood.
The neighbors in the neighborhood in Koloa are upper-middle income, making it an above average income neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis reveals that this neighborhood has a higher income than 76.0% of the neighborhoods in America. With 13.2% of the children here below the federal poverty line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 55.7% of U.S. neighborhoods.
What we choose to do for a living reflects who we are. Each neighborhood has a different mix of occupations represented, and together these tell you about the neighborhood and help you understand if this neighborhood may fit your lifestyle.
In the neighborhood, 42.1% of the working population is employed in sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is executive, management, and professional occupations, with 30.2% of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in manufacturing and laborer occupations (14.3%), and 13.1% in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations.
The languages spoken by people in this neighborhood are diverse. These are tabulated as the languages people preferentially speak when they are at home with their families. The most common language spoken in the neighborhood is English, spoken by 75.2% of households. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish, Tagalog (the first language of the Philippine region) and Polish.
Culture is the shared learned behavior of peoples. Undeniably, different ethnicities and ancestries have different cultural traditions, and as a result, neighborhoods with concentrations of residents of one or another ethnicities or ancestries will express those cultures. It is what makes the North End in Boston so fun to visit for the Italian restaurants, bakeries, culture, and charm, and similarly, why people enjoy visiting Chinatown in San Francisco.
In the neighborhood in Koloa, HI, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Asian (23.0%). There are also a number of people of Irish ancestry (14.0%), and residents who report Portuguese roots (11.7%), and some of the residents are also of German ancestry (11.1%), along with some English ancestry residents (6.6%), among others. In addition, 14.5% of the residents of this neighborhood were born in another country.
How you get to work – car, bus, train or other means – and how much of your day it takes to do so is a large quality of life and financial issue. Especially with gasoline prices rising and expected to continue doing so, the length and means of one's commute can be a financial burden. Some neighborhoods are physically located so that many residents have to drive in their own car, others are set up so many walk to work, or can take a train, bus, or bike. The greatest number of commuters in neighborhood spend under 15 minutes commuting one-way to work (50.9% of working residents), one of the shortest commutes across America.
Here most residents (76.7%) drive alone in a private automobile to get to work. In addition, quite a number also hop out the door and walk to work to get to work (6.0%) and 5.7% of residents also carpool with coworkers, friends, or neighbors for their daily commute. In a neighborhood like this, as in most of the nation, many residents find owning a car useful for getting to work.